Top Ten Moments in ES History: Year One

5. America’s best real food blog

Oh, New York Times. Your eternal uppityness is a godsend for hungry young bloggers. Our latest post making fun of the King of the MSM was so popular that it landed us a profile in USA Today, perhaps the only paper more MSM-y than the Times. How meta.

4. Oh yeah, cooking

Hey, we’re not just link-whores and Padma-stalkers around here. We actually like to post some recipes from time to time. Choosing your favorite recipe is like choosing your favorite child (easy). Personally, I’m most proud of the hot dog sushi Pinch of Minch and I invented, but for most likely to inspire a cookbook, I have to nominate gansie’s new classic Eggplant and Chickpea Lasagna.

3. Spike shows up to live blog

Even though the three of us were fully enamored with our live-blog dorkiness, we still weren’t sure that it was really catching on yet. That is until JoeHoya bumped into this year’s fifth place contestant Spike, while he was hard at work on his new D.C. restaurant, Good Stuff. Being the star ES commenter that he is, JH of course mentioned our live-blogging, and during the season finale, Mr. Spike showed up online to share his thoughts. For those of you unbelievers, we have it on good authority that this was in fact Spike, live and in the (virtual) flesh, commenting on ES.

2. “I was at my own dinner party with my own family”

The D.C. Hottest Media Types took it to a whole ‘nother level in October when gansie attended a hoity-toity dinner event and ran into one of her hottie competitors, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Dana Priest. Clearly, gansie downed another glass of wine and worked up the nerve to talk to Dana about the contest, a somewhat lengthy chat that she subsequently blogged about. Gansie’s blog post worked up quite a bit of media-world buzz and one of Ms. Priest’s co-workers at the Post ended up sending it to her. Um…funny thing…turns out Priest showed up on Endless Simmer to inform us that she wasn’t even at the event in question and had never met gansie. Oops! And so our first retraction occurred. Dana Priest went on to win a second Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for her work uncovering the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed. Gansie went on to correctly identify such famous-for-DC people as Andrew Sullivan.

1. We discover top ten lists

Back in March, we didn’t know quite how ES should cover the amazing-ness that is March Madness, so we decided to cover drunk college food in a Top Ten format, and holy crap you interwebs people like that. The post, our most successful piece yet, shot its way all over the Internet, from Sports Illustrated to Serious Eats and even a video discussion over at Mr. Irrelevant. Goodbye paragraphs, hello bullet points.

Seriously, everyone – thanks for reading! Here’s to 100 more years, or at least until something cooler than blogging come along.

Next: #10-6 Moments in ES History: Year One


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  • Pinch o Minch June 16, 2008  

    (sniff)…that hot dog sushi was so good….

  • gansie June 16, 2008  

    i was really hoping that baby was your nephew

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being June 16, 2008  

    Happy First Birthday, ES!!

  • Senorita Mandita June 16, 2008  

    Happy Birthday ES! I can’t wait for more live blogging.

  • Jrod June 16, 2008  

    Seeing the year recapped in bullet points makes me want to pay more attention to this blog from now on. Well done! -from a casual fan.

  • JoeHoya June 16, 2008  

    I’m amazed you guys have let me stick around this long…

    Hard to believe I’ve been reading you for almost a year now!

  • Britannia June 16, 2008  

    Yay, Happy Birthday! No wonder I saw 80p and gansie on the street at 3 in the morning trashed, celebrations started early 🙂

  • Edouble June 16, 2008  

    Wow! A year, indeed. Pretty cool:)

  • Kim O'D June 16, 2008  

    Happy Birthday — now let’s blow out some candles…

  • MissGinsu June 16, 2008  

    A stunning first-year food blog performance, ES… congrats. Here’s to many tasty returns!

  • hickey June 16, 2008  

    I am so proud of my old roommate. You have come a long way since cookie dough freshman year. Congrats!!

  • Eick June 16, 2008  

    Congrats on a full year.

  • MissyB June 18, 2008  

    Fantastic! Just started reading as a tip from a friend and loving it so far!

  • DAD GANSIE June 18, 2008  

    neat stuff guys….( i do say that too much) but it’s true
    thanks 80 p p’s for the great camera. hopefully, many years to come to enjoy everyones blogs….keep up the simmering

  • cara June 19, 2008  

    Hi you all,

    I’m only a recent member, but I do love reading all these stories. Especially about places I know in New York (very few as I am from Holland, but still!) Keep them coming.

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